Number of overdoses in Oslo falls to ten-year low

PillsPhoto: Frank May / NTB

A total of 36 people died from drug use in Oslo last year, the lowest number in over ten years according to the new figures in the Cause of Death Register, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

The total number of drug-induced deaths, or overdoses, amounted to 275 in 2019. 

That was less than in 2018, but more than in 2017, according to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

In Western Norway, there were 21 drug-induced deaths in 2019, compared with 22 in 2018.

A clear decline

“Oslo and Western Norway have the lowest number of drug-induced deaths in over ten years. 

“In Oslo, there was a clear decline in 2019,” Linn Gjersing in FHI’s department for drugs and tobacco noted.

In 2019, 83% of overdose deaths were related to opioid use.

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